By Mark Lawrence Schrad
Publish 12 months note: First released December nineteenth 2013
Russia is known for its vodka, and its tradition of maximum intoxication. yet simply as vodka is primary to the lives of many Russians, it's also critical to figuring out Russian heritage and politics.
In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet fairly their autocratic political process, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a chain of ancient investigations stretching from Ivan the negative via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics offers the key heritage of the Russian kingdom itself-a heritage that's soaking wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than brushing aside) the position of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced figuring out of Russian background itself: from palace intrigues lower than the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.
Beyond bright anecdotes, Schrad scours unique files and archival facts to respond to provocative old questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What function did alcohol play in tsarist coups? used to be Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? might the Soviet Union became a global strength with no liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public health and wellbeing within the Nineteen Nineties? How can the Kremlin triumph over vodka's hurdles to provide higher social future health, prosperity, and democracy into the future?
Viewing Russian background throughout the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor question" is still very important to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the problem have been positioned to mattress in such a lot any other glossy kingdom. certainly, spotting and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies could be the maximum political problem for this iteration of Russia's management, in addition to the following